Golden chance for cheap airfares


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Feb 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 50,000 people are expected to turn up and grab cheap air tickets and travel packages offered at the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair 2004 today and tomorrow. 

Since Malaysia Airlines advertised the value-for-money holiday packages for domestic and international destinations, calls have been pouring in to make bookings. 

“We are offering discounts of between 20% and 30% on flight packages to a host of destinations,” said Malaysia Airlines senior general manager Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan. 

He said the response from tour and travel agents was also overwhelming, as 80 of them had taken up booths for the fair at the Exhibition Hall on Level 3 of Mid Valley Megamall here. 

“If the public response is extremely good we may organise a nationwide travel fair once every year,” said Ahmad Fuaad. 

READY FOR FAIR: (From left) Ahmad Fuaad, Malaysia Airlines general manager of sales Datuk Abdul Rashid Khan Abdul Rahim Khan and regional manager for Malaysia and Singapore Germal Singh Khera smiling for the camera at their Golden Holidays booth in Mid Valley Megamall Friday.

“In addition to the attractive deals, we are further offering discounts to children, senior citizens and Grads cardholders,” he said. 

Tour agent David Loh said he had received more than 100 bookings for travel packages. 

Loh said packages for regional destinations, like Vietnam and Hong Kong are priced at almost half the normal fare at RM700 and RM698 respectively. 

Another tour agent, Jagdish Kukreja, said his company had also received more than 100 advance bookings for packages to Europe, Australia and India. 

Among the deals are Los Angeles, New York, Buenos Aires and London air tickets priced at RM1,648 each, while tickets to Guangzhou, Manila and Colombo are priced at RM698 each. 

Malaysia Airlines is also offering attractive packages with hotel accommodation to destinations like Bali, Kuching, Zurich, Delhi and Beijing. 

Coaches will pick up visitors to the two-day fair from the Putra LRT and KL Sentral stations every five minutes.  

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